“Some people put their cars in places like gas stations and called us to pick them up,” he recalled.
He said the cooperative was “completely kicked out” as thousands of cars were abandoned by drivers this year because of a new surge in the virus.
New infections in Thailand topped 23,400 in mid-August and have recently been below 15,000. The government hopes the country will find relief from this deadliest wave ever, with Thailand accounting for 97% of all cases and more than 99% of deaths. In total, Thailand has confirmed 1.4 million cases and more than 14,000 deaths.
This situation puts taxi companies in financial trouble and struggle to repay their loans while buying fleets. According to Tapakorn, the Rajpruk-Bovarn cooperative is in debt of about 2 billion baht ($60.8 million). The government has not provided direct financial assistance so far.
“Without immediate help, we would be in really trouble,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Taxi Top Garden does not provide an alternate source of income. Cooperative workers who have been asked to reduce their wages are taking care of the new landscaping.
“The vegetable farm is a protest and a way to feed our employees during this difficult time,” Tapkorn said. “Thailand has experienced many years of political turmoil and the floods of 2011, but business has never been so dire.”
A Thai taxi idle in a mini garden on the roof of a car turns green. Bollywood
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